Discovering spiritual limits
My right toe nail is black, a reminder of the pain of stubbing it at the dump. That was after I ignored the sign that said ‘Wear protective foot-ware’.
Proverbs 22:3 (NIV) advises: ‘The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.’ Charles Kingsley informs us that ‘Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us’.
Unless you suffer from a disease like leprosy or congenital indifference to pain, you will know pain in its many forms throughout your life.
The Psalmist wrote ‘It was good for me to be afflicted’ (Ps 119:71 NLT). He learnt to make pain his teacher and guide.
Pain shows you where your boundaries are in life, but I believe we can stretch ourselves to personally grow stronger by handling pain well.
I have seen the grief-stricken move through stages of in- tense personal pain to eventually arrive at acceptance, peace, compassion, deeper joy and more love to share with others.
Grow through your pain by discovering where your current spiritual, emotional or physical limits are, then press on to increase your capacity to a new level. Pastor Ken Wigglesworth City Impact Church and Whitsunday Impact Church
On behalf of the Whitsunday Christian Ministers Network